2014 Blavatnik Regional Winners and Finalists

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced the three winners and six finalists of the 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists.  Established in 2007, the Blavatnik Regional Awards honor the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists who work in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Winners are awarded $30,000 each and Finalists are awarded $10,000 each in unrestricted funds.

2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards Winners

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Clément Hongler
Columbia University

Life Sciences

Panteleimon Rompolas
Yale University


Jeremy Palmer
Princeton University

2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards Finalists

Life Sciences

Dilek Colak
Weill Cornell Medical College


Knut Drescher
Princeton University

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Nathaniel Craig
Rutgers University


Jérémie Palacci
New York University


Stephen Brohawn
The Rockefeller University


Xiaowei Hou
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

The 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards competition received over 220 outstanding nominations from 32 institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut - the greatest number of nominations to date and a testament to the outstanding quality of scientific research being conducted in the New York Tri-State area. Winners and Finalists were selected by a jury of senior scientists and engineers from institutions primarily in the Northeast.

We are so impressed with not just the enthusiasm for the competition, but the outstanding quality of the nominations. On behalf of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, I congratulate this year’s postdoctoral winners and finalists. We are proud to recognize these young researchers working at the forefront of scientific and technological advances in one of the most dynamic and innovative scientific regions of the world.

—Len Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries and head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation

These remarkable young scientists, at the early stages of their careers, already possess extraordinary scientific maturity and have conducted high quality research. We thank all regional institutions for participating in this year’s competition and welcome our 2014 Winners and Finalists to the Blavatnik Science Scholars Community.

—Dr. Mercedes Gorre, Executive Director of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Winners and Finalists of the 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards will be honored at this year’s New York Academy of Sciences Gala --The Beautiful Mind: New York Neuroscience Burns Bright -- celebrating New York institutions' achievements in unraveling the mysteries of the human brain. The Gala will be held at the Conrad New York hotel on November 10, 2014.